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Another arrest made in Bainbridge home burglary
A 20-year-old Bainbridge Island man has been charged with second-degree trafficking in stolen property, a felony, in Kitsap County District Court.
Bainbridge Island police claim that Jeffery Robert Baldwin was involved in a burglary in Aug. 21, 2013 in a home on Crystal Springs Drive.
According to court documents, police said three people sold jewelry from the burglary to get money to spend at Hempfest, an annual Seattle event that celebrates marijuana culture.
A Bainbridge detective checked a database and found that Baldwin had sold several items of jewelry that were allegedly taken in the Bainbridge burglary and then sold the same day at Premium GoldBuyers in the Silverdale Mall.
According to records from the store, Baldwin received $292 for the jewelry he sold, and he signed his name and left a thumbprint when selling the items.
The victim later identified the jewelry from photographs as the items that were taken in the break-in.
Police caught up with Baldwin on Tuesday, April 22. A Bainbridge officer said she saw Baldwin driving his Honda and someone in the car gave her the middle finger when they went by.
The officer “did not believe this was an indication of ‘We’re number one,’ but rather a sign of extreme or moderate contempt,” the detective wrote in a statement of probable cause. The detective later saw Baldwin driving near the Agate Pass Bridge and arrested him just after 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Court records allege Baldwin allegedly admitted to selling the stolen property at the Silverdale Mall when questioned by police.
Baldwin was booked into Kitsap County Jail April 23. Bail was set at $20,000.
Second-degree trafficking in stolen property carries a maximum prison term of five years and a $10,000 fine upon conviction.